Arizona is bloody dry. Apparently they are more humid than Colorado, but Colorado is semi-arad. Arizona is really bloody arid. There's exposed sand/soil, no lawns, and lots of cactus. There are mountains around the town, so it feels little like a transported Colorado.
The shuttle ride from airport to hotel was 90 minutes long. We're way the hell out of town. As one attendee here said, "this is a hotel for people who don't like people". It's a fifteen minute drive to the nearest supermarket.
This is important because I have a fancy room with BBQ, DVD player, surround-sound, fridge, etc. We're going to have a hackathon pissup there tonight. Even the shower is fancy, with multiple nozzles and a control panel to change pressure, frequency of rotation, and god knows what else. It's very futuristic. All this with desert outside and bare mountain hillside looming on the horizon.
It's great to see the conferences group again. We went out shopping (buying steaks and booze for the party tonight) and had dinner together. I only see them two or three times a year, and it's always fun. We get to bitch about management, budgets, and all the stuff that coworkers bitch about, but also catch up with each others' families--how're the kids, my brother had a heart attack, I'm now a vegetarian,
The terminal room is all OS X machines. They even have one of the new iMacs. Sweet. These are awesome computers, and we're working to get the same thing at OSCON. The networking and computer guys are really on the ball.